June 2, 2006

Clemson's tight end recruiting board expanding

The tight end position has taken on an increasingly larger role at Clemson since the arrival of second-year offensive coordinator Rob Spence. The position alone accounted for 35 receptions last season, including catches from then fullbacks Steven Jackson and Cliff Harrell, who in the Clemson offense are frequently used as on-the-line tight ends. Prior to Spence's arrival, the tight end position accounted for just nine receptions in 2004.

Clemson currently has four scholarship tight ends on the 2006 roster in senior Thomas Hunter, sophomore Akeem Robinson and red-shirt freshmen Durrell Barry and Paul Muse.

That number will soon be bumped to five with the arrival of incoming freshman recruit Michael Palmer of Lilburn, Ga.

Though it is a somewhat slow process, the Clemson staff will ultimately bump its scholarship allotment here to eight as opposed to four-five. In doing this, essentially the fullback position is done away with, and will not be known as it once was, one reason why hybrid player Alex Pearson pulled duty at both fullback and tight end during the spring.

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